The Benefits of Keeping Hens

More and more people are keeping their own hens today as awareness of unhealthy poultry rises.

Consumers today look for better quality poultry free of antibiotics and eggs that are not produced in unhealthy chicken farms.

Keeping hens does not take as much space as you might think. They require remarkably little space. And, they don’t make much noise.

If you live in a rural area, you can keep many more hens than those living on smaller lots. With a large flock, you’ll always have eggs on hand.

Some people aware of the unhealthy living conditions hens endure on some poorly run farms will take in hens rescued from those farms. They might have damage and blemishes, but it is rewarding to offer these hens a happy life.

Rescued hens are accustomed to living in small cages and will not be used to resting on perches. They will have a sparse covering of feathers and their legs will be weak. Consider providing them with a little ramp to help them reach their roost.

Some also have had their beaks removed, but they will grow back to a natural shape after some time in a free-range environment.

Research where to find a proper feed, which might be organic, for free-range birds. The feed mix will provide them with vitamins and nutrients. Also toss grain on the ground outside to provide them with something to feed on in a more wild and natural manner.

Those who keep hens also might buy poultry grit, which is beneficial to the hen as it helps break down food for the hen. Do not feed them meat or any food that is overly salty.

Also, be sure that if you keep hens you always provide fresh water in a shady place. Hens will not drink warm water.

And, in the evenings, make sure to close them in a building that protects them from predators.

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